Bible in one year

August 20

Job 31:1-40
1. "I made an agreement with my eyes not to look at a young woman in a way that would make me want her.
2. What does God above have for us? How does God All-Powerful repay people from his home high in heaven?
3. He sends trouble to the wicked and disaster to those who do wrong.
4. God is the one who knows what I do and sees every step I take.
5. "I have not lied to anyone. I never tried to cheat people.
6. If God would use accurate scales, he would know that I am innocent.
7. If I ever stepped off the right path, if my eyes led my heart to do evil, or if my hands are dirty with sin,
8. then let others eat what I planted. Let my crops be pulled up by the roots.
9. "If I have desired another woman or waited at my neighbor's door to sin with his wife,
10. then let my wife serve someone else, and let other men sleep with her.
11. To do such a thing would be shameful, a sin that must be punished.
12. Such sin is like a fire that burns until it destroys everything. It would completely ruin my life's work.
13. "If I refused to be fair to my slaves when they had a complaint against me,
14. then what will I do when I must face God? What will I say when he asks me to explain what I did?
15. The one who made me in my mother's womb also made them. God shaped us all inside our mothers.
16. "I have never refused to help the poor. I always gave widows what they needed.
17. I have never been selfish with my food. I shared what I had with orphans.
18. All my life I have been like a father to orphans and have taken care of widows.
19. Whenever I found people suffering because they didn't have clothes or saw a poor man with no coat,
20. I always gave them something to wear. I used the wool from my own sheep to make them warm. And they thanked me with all their heart.
21. I never threatened an orphan, even when I knew I had support in court.
22. If I ever did that, may my arm be pulled from its socket and fall from my shoulder!
23. But I didn't do any of these bad things. I fear God's punishment too much. His majesty scares me.
24. "I have never trusted in riches. I never said even to pure gold, 'You are my hope.'
25. I have been wealthy, but that didn't make me proud. I earned a lot of money, but that is not what made me happy.
26. I have never worshiped the bright sun or the beautiful moon.
27. I was never foolish enough to worship the sun and the moon.
28. This is also a sin that must be punished. If I had worshiped them, I would have been unfaithful to God All-Powerful.
29. "I have never been happy when my enemies were destroyed. I have never laughed at my enemies when bad things happened to them.
30. I have never let my mouth sin by cursing my enemies and wishing for them to die.
31. The people in my house know that I have never let anyone go hungry.
32. I always invited strangers into my home so they would not have to sleep in the streets.
33. I have not tried to hide my sins as some people do. I have never hidden my guilt.
34. I was never so afraid of what people might say or of making enemies that I kept my sins secret and avoided going out.
35. "How I wish someone would listen to me! I will sign my name to all I have said. Now let God All-Powerful answer me. Let him make a list of what he thinks I did wrong.
36. I would wear it around my neck. I would put it on my head like a crown.
37. Then I could explain everything I have done. I could come to God with my head held high like a prince.
38. "I did not use my land in a wrong way. I never caused it to suffer.
39. I always paid the workers for the food I got from the land. I never let any of them starve.
40. If I ever did any of these bad things, let thorns and weeds grow in my fields instead of wheat and barley!" Job's words are finished.

Job 32:1-22
1. Then Job's three friends gave up trying to answer him, because he was so sure that he was innocent.
2. But there was a young man there named Elihu son of Barakel. He was a descendant of a man named Buz. Elihu was from the family of Ram. He became very angry because Job kept saying he was innocent—that he was right and God was wrong.
3. Elihu was also angry with Job's three friends because they could not answer him, and yet they still considered him guilty of doing wrong.
4. Elihu was the youngest one there, so he had waited until everyone finished talking.
5. But when he saw that Job's three friends had nothing more to say, his anger forced him to speak.
6. So here's what Elihu son of Barakel the Buzite said: "I am only a young man, and you are all older. That is why I was afraid to tell you what I think.
7. I thought to myself, 'Older people should speak first. They have lived many years, so they have learned many things.'
8. But it is the spirit in people, the breath from God All-Powerful, that makes them understand.
9. Old men are not the only wise people. They are not the only ones who understand what is right.
10. "So please listen to me, and I will tell you what I think.
11. I waited patiently while you men talked. I listened to the answers you gave as you searched for the right words.
12. I listened carefully to what you said. Not one of you proved Job wrong. Not one of you answered his arguments.
13. You men cannot say that you have found wisdom. The answer to Job's arguments must come from God, not people.
14. Job was arguing with you, not me, so I will not use your arguments to answer him.
15. "Job, these men lost the argument. They don't have anything more to say. They don't have any more answers.
16. I waited for them to answer you. But now they are quiet. They stand there with nothing more to say.
17. So now I will give you my answer. Yes, I will tell you what I think.
18. I have so much to say that I cannot hold it in.
19. I feel like a jar of wine that has never been opened. I am like a new wineskin ready to burst.
20. I must speak so that I will feel better. I must answer your arguments.
21. I will treat you the same as I would treat anyone else. I will not praise you to win your favor.
22. I cannot treat one person better than another. If I did, God my Maker would punish me!

Psalms 98:1-3
1. A song of praise. Sing a new song to the Lord, because he has done amazing things! His powerful and holy right arm has brought him another victory.
2. The Lord showed the nations his power to save. He showed them his goodness.
3. He has kept his promise of love and loyalty to the people of Israel. People everywhere have seen our God's power to save.

Proverbs 23:17-18
17. Never envy evil people, but always respect the Lord.
18. This will give you something to hope for that will not disappoint you. — 15 —

1 Corinthians 2:1-16
1. Dear brothers and sisters, when I came to you, I told you the secret truth of God. But I did not use fancy words or great wisdom.
2. I decided that while I was with you I would forget about everything except Jesus Christ and his death on the cross.
3. When I came to you, I was weak and shook with fear.
4. My teaching and my speaking were not with wise words that persuade people. But the proof of my teaching was the power that the Spirit gives.
5. I did this so that your faith would be in God's power, not in human wisdom.
6. We teach wisdom to people who are mature, but the wisdom we teach is not from this world. It is not the wisdom of the rulers of this world, who are losing their power.
7. But we speak God's secret wisdom that has been hidden from everyone until now. God planned this wisdom for our glory. He planned it before the world began.
8. None of the rulers of this world understood this wisdom. If they had understood it, they would not have killed our great and glorious Lord on a cross.
9. But as the Scriptures say, "No one has ever seen, no one has ever heard, no one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him."
10. But God has shown us these things through the Spirit. The Spirit knows all things. The Spirit even knows the deep secrets of God.
11. It is like this: No one knows the thoughts that another person has. Only the person's spirit that lives inside knows those thoughts. It is the same with God. No one knows God's thoughts except God's Spirit.
12. We received the Spirit that is from God, not the spirit of the world. We received God's Spirit so that we can know all that God has given us.
13. When we say this, we don't use words taught to us by human wisdom. We use words taught to us by the Spirit. We use the Spirit's words to explain spiritual truths.
14. People who do not have God's Spirit do not accept the things that come from his Spirit. They think these things are foolish. They cannot understand them, because they can only be understood with the Spirit's help.
15. We who have the Spirit are able to make judgments about all these things. But anyone without the Spirit is not able to make proper judgments about us.
16. As the Scriptures say, "Who can know what is on the Lord's mind? Who is able to give him advice?" But we have been given Christ's way of thinking.